Matthew Dickerson

Environmental, Fantasy, Spirituality, Theology, Fiction

Matthew Dickerson is the author of a number of books in a variety of genres including historical fiction, fantasy, nature and outdoor writing, mythopoeic and eco-critical studies, spiritual theology, and apologetics. His most recent books include Aslan’s Breath (2024) which explores C.S. Lewis’ portrayals of the Holy Spirit in the Chronicles of Narnia, and The Salvelinus, the Sockeye, and the Egg-Sucking Leech (2023), a work of creative narrative non-fiction about rivers, ecology, and fly fishing in Alaska’s Bristol Bay drainage. He is best known for his studies of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, with particular foci on theological and moral aspects and on environmental themes of creation care in their works. Of his works of fiction, his favorite is his medieval historical novel The Rood and the Torc: The Song of Kristinge, Son of Finn

Matthew has been selected as artist-in-residence at Glacier National Park, Acadia National Park, and Alaska State Parks. He has also served as the Director of the New England Young Writers Conference at Bread Loaf and as founding Director of the Vermont Conference on Christianity and the Arts. He lives in Vermont with his wife of more than 35 years, not far from three adult sons and daughters-in-law with whom he enjoys spending time. He teaches at Middlebury College, and is currently working on what he describes as a work of pre-industrial magical realism with elements of eco-fantasy. 

Festival Years: 2024